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morning, march 14th, 2011. captioning funded by cbs >>> and thanks for joining us on this monday morning. you can see, these are just some of the images which have been coming in, and frankly, they speak for themselves. they're just unimaginable. >> the devastation that we first saw here friday morning, and now, in the days after this disaster in japan, we continue to get more images, more video of exactly the impact that this is having on this nation and the people there. damage estimates in the tens of billions of dollars. but, of course you can't put a dollar figure on the loss of life. and the loss of life as the death toll estimates continue to increase hour by hour in the region. >> they do. and you hear those numbers and you know how well-prepared japan was to deal with something of this magnitude. frightening to think what could have been. the sheer magnitude of this catastrophe is frankly, staggering. the numbers barely begin to tell the story but they do give you a very good idea of where we stand at this hour. the official death toll is currently 2800. one po
, 2011. thanks for joining us on this monday morning. you can see, these are some of the images which have been coming in and frankly they speak for themselves. unimaginable. >> the devastation we saw friday morning and now in the days after this disaster in japan we continue to get more images, more video of exactly the impact that this is having on this nation and the people. damage estimates in the tens of billions of dollars, but you can't put a dollar figure on the loss of life and death toll estimates continue to increase hour by hour. >> they do. you know how well prepared japan was. the sheer magnitude of this catastrophe is staggering. the numbers barely begin to tell the story but they give you a good idea where we stand. the official death toll is 2,800. one chief police estimates more than 10,000 people died in his province alone, more than 1,000 bodies have been found along the coast. all three reactors at fukushima have lost their cooling capacity. a second hydrogen explosion at the plant could be heard for 25 miles. u.s. navy ships in the area moved further away after d
dahlgren has the latest for us from tokyo. >> reporter: days after the quake now and japan is a nation still grappling with the sheer size and scope of the destruction. amateur video shows the massive wall of water, as it erased virtually everything in its path. doors here now show the unmistakable stains of the water's reach. but the marks left behind on survivors are just as telling. >> translator: i grabbed something tightly, holding my daughter's hand, but i lost my grip when i was swept away in the debris and the water. >> reporter: along the coast, fires still rage out of control. in this area alone, as many as 10,000 are unaccounted for. >> translator: i still have people who i haven't been able to contact and there have been reports of a nuclear leak. i'm really concerned about their safety. >> reporter: and safety fears for those who survived are now also focused on the area's nuclear reactors, after another suspected partial meltdown. engineers pumped sea water into the reactors as those who lived nearby were tested for radiation, waiting to see if it was time for more to fle
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